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The apology is for her sister as well as for herself: even such prudence (cp. 68νοῦν”) as may have been inborn forsakes the unfortunate under the stress of their misfortunes.

βλάστῃ: cp. El. 238ἐν τίνι τοῦτ᾽ ἔβλαστ᾽ ἀνθρώπων”; O. C. 804φύσας...φρένας” (n.).

τοῖς κ. πράσσουσιν, dat. of interest: Tr. 132μένει γὰρ οὔτ᾽ αἰόλα νὺξ βροτοῖσιν.

ἐξίσταται, stands aside, gives place (Ai. 672); and so, leaves its proper place, becomes deranged: cp. Eur. Bacch. 928ἀλλ᾽ ἐξ ἕδρας σοι πλόκαμος ἐξέστηχ᾽ ὅδε”. The converse phrase is commoner, “ἐξίσταμαι τῶν φρενῶν”: cp. 1105.—Schneidewin cp. Antigone fr. 165 “ἄκουσον: οὐ γὰρ οἱ κακῶς πεπραγότες σὺν ταῖς τύχαισι τοὺς λόγους ἀπώλεσαν”,—which plainly glances at our passage. For similar allusions cp. O. C. 1116 n.

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